City Manager Martin Howe then named Robert Hilliard the interim chief.
On Wednesday Hilliard was officially named the new chief of police in Clarksburg.
Hilliard said he is almost at a loss for words.
"It's an overwhelming experience, I thought it was an overwhelming experience when I was appointed as interim for five months but when I was actually named by City Manager Martin Howe it was something I just can't describe," Hilliard said.
More than 20 people applied for the position of chief and went through testing for it.
Hilliard said he hopes to accomplish a few things as chief.
"It was an experience in those five months. I believe I learned a lot and had a lot of support from council and also other law enforcement agencies. I want officers interacting with the community so that the community knows the officers on a name basis instead of not knowing who they are," said Hilliard.
Hilliard was the interim chief for five months before the decision was made.